Technology and Reading

The following is a worthwhile NY Times article about the concerns/implications/opporutnities of the increased amount of online reading done by students:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/27/books/27reading.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&ei=5070&en=1aa9eb0eba6fce8e&ex=1217822400&emc=eta1

I find it an interesting topic. I agree with the end part of the article, that stresses the value and ability of being able to find, read and accurately ascribe value to online resources. At the same time, not having the ability to read entire books and understand an extended, linear argument concerns me. Having both abilities seems a sensible goal, even if some feel it is “too much.”

In some ways, this article is a reaction to the Atlantic Monthly article “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” by Nicholas Carr:

http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200807/google

Again, the article is rather “either/or” in the benefits of web vs. traditional reading, but I like the later references to Plato and Gutenberg. The ending is a bit of a misnomer, however. I don’t see computer-mediated information access as making us more like machines– instead, we are exposed to more ideas from other individuals. I would not have likely read either the NY Times article or the Atlantic Monthly article without this mediation, for example.

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